One of the best things we learned whilst researching for our article on how to make Joomla website load fast (1.29 seconds to be exact), we discovered a great gem of a tool.
As many people do when striving to make a website load faster, they refer to the Google PageSpeed recommendations site, and rightly so, because if Google makes a statement, usually it's worth listening to. However, sometimes it is quite messy to do all the optimizations, and you might not have the skills to actually do these changes.
We use this plugin on most of the sites developed by CollectiveRay.use JCH Optimize. The great thing about JCH Optimize is that it implements a huge number of Google PageSpeed and other recommendations to make your website load as fast as possible.
By the way, a fast server is always a priority for your site. We use an InMotion VPS, and so should you. Click here to read our review: https://www.collectiveray.com/web-design/web-hosting/inmotion-vps-hosting-review.html
And you don't have to mess around with any code, all of this is done by the plugin - it preserves all your original coding, so you won't break anything by messing around. Also, usually it actually does those optimizations which are usually the hardest to perform. To mention a few, these are the ones which are done really well
- Combines CSS files from all your template, modules and plugins into a single file, thus reducing the amount of requests sent to your website
- Creates IMAGE Sprites - this also reduces the number of requests sent to your website by a very large amount and is one of the hardest optimizations to achieve manually
It also allows you to tweak some advanced options such as excluding certain files to ensure that if any extension does not work after running it through JCH Optimize, this will work anyway.
Another feature, which is an essential requirement if you want to make your site load faster, is the ability to integrate with a CDN. The plugin allows you to insert the domain of your content delivery network service and replaces all your static assets to reflect the CDN hosted URL.
(In case you'd like to learn more about CDNs and how a paid or free content delivery network can help your site, visit this article on CollectiveRay)
Take my word for it, install the plugin, enable it and check out your before and after results. If you don't get an improvement by a good amount, come back here and complain, but I'm pretty sure you won't be coming back :)